This is my new editorial from Crush Magazine out of Paris France.
To be successful, a fashion photographer must be an exceptional problem solver. As with most professions, to be at the top means one must roll with the punches and become a creative problem solver, overcoming obstacles both seen and unseen. We have learned that this is no longer no mans land and that our clients and team expect this quality from us.
Being a professional means you can consistently create an exceptional result, in any condition – not only when conditions are exceptional. We must shoot, sometimes, when we are feeling less than artistic.
Many times, whether on location or studio, problems must be expected. I know what you are thinking, “what a negative thought process”. I would think that too except I have been a professional photographer for more than two decades and I can tell you, either you are prepared or you are not.
Many of my clients come to me and ask me about why I brought so much equipment or why we didn’t use a certain piece of equipment. Just like I have many lenses and camera bodies I have modifiers, scrims, reflectors and an entire myriad of stands and configurations. Most of these are not for use in optimal conditions; quite the contrary. In Florida, as well as many places I seem to shoot, inclement weather can pop up at a moment’s notice. Also sun can end up not being where I want it or the intensity not what I need for a certain shot. Theses are the circumstances you must prepare for. As the leader of the team you are expected to solve all of life’s little problems.
Do you have some hairpins, duct tape, 2 sided tape, clamps of all shapes and sizes, Velcro, extra swimsuits, etc.? There really is no telling what can and will happen on a shoot. If you don’t cover it you better make sure someone else will. Much of the well being of the shoot depends on your team and talent feeling great and that you are in control makes everyone feel warm fuzzies. This is one reason I try to find out what everyone likes to drink. Even something that small can make someone really feel like you care and in return they will give you their best.
The other day, I was on a remote location in Key Biscayne and my model had to be up against this banyan tree, which was infested with bull ants. Well I didn’t have any repellent but my makeup artist did! It takes a team, a trusted team, to make things happen and everyone must go beyond their expected duties to be prepared. I call this professionalism and this all goes into the final product of these types of shoots.
The following day, we had another amazing day in Key Biscayne. This day ended up being one of the hottest and most miserable days I have ever been on location. I was sweating so much that I feared changing lenses for the sweat getting into the camera body. My makeup artist and myself, as well as the crew and models had to make adjustments in our normal protocol to successfully negotiate the obstacles at hand. The heat was unbearable, sandspurs and ants, painful, and the tide was exceptionally high but we made it work.
Make certain that your team and you have collaborated before and you all know each other’s propensities, shortcomings, and idiosyncrasies. It makes the shoot go smoothly and gives you the best chances for a magical result.
Miami Agency Models Stop Wasting Time! That is the most important asset you have and it is your youth. Time is your enemy in this business and therefore you cannot afford to act as if you have all of the time in the world. You don’t! There is a shelf life on you and you will get to a point where you cannot model anymore. So doesn’t it make sense to fast track your self buy getting the best photos done by the best photographers available to get you book in the best shape immediately?
Too many girls and guys come to me wanting me to shoot them after spending a year or two on free photographers only to continually be let down when your agency doesn’t like what was produced. Another day wasted shooting and this affects not only the look of your book but also your self esteem. When you continue to shoot pointless and bad images with those free photographers who prowl around sites like One Model Place and Model Mayhem , you start to question your involvement in the industry and ask yourself questions like “can I really model” or “maybe I am just fooling myself. I see it all the time! I also see the look on their faces when I shoot them and see how “stunned” they appear when I am shooting beautiful and sexy images of them. They tell me often “I really cant believe that is me”! That is because they are so psychologically beat down after wasting all of that time that I must spend time building them back up.
To me this is probably the best thing about digital imagery. The model can receive immediate feedback and see the results thus bolstering their self-esteem. I noticed this when I started working digitally out in 2001 in Los Angeles and the celebrities knew about LCD viewing before I really did. I would shoot an image and they would say “let me see that”. Digital cameras have flooded the market and with many newbies picking up a camera for the first time it may be difficult to tell if you are talking to a photographer or a salesman. The work ALWAYS tells the story. Look at their work and style. Can you see yourself in their images? If so ask pertinent questions such as agencies they have worked with, published work, website?, and references either from other models or agents and also parents. I have no problem giving references and anyone else who is legitimate shouldn’t either. Do your homework or you will get burned. Remember in this digital age, There are many who will call themselves “photographer” but all they really are is a salesman.
The really good photographers charge you because they know their results are proven. They are not experimenting like the “free photographer” or really cheap one who is just hoping the shot will turn out. A really good photographer has tried and true ways of working, has a team of hair and makeup artists, has his locations he has used many times with outstanding results, and has his lighting down pat. You are in good hands with them whether you are a seasoned pro or just starting out. They know what poses look best and light that looks best on face shapes and garments you are shooting.
This is why the very best models always have the best photos. They leave the freebies behind and know they get what they pay for. Therefore, also, they will sequentially get the best jobs and get paid more money. And the most important thing they are gaining is time, longer time making a higher rate in the modeling business.
New Unit Photography Work for ABC/Disney Here is some of my new photography work for ABC/Disney. I recently finished work on The Bachelor with Juan Pablo. I also spent time photographing the Helio Castroneves, a Brazilian auto racing driver currently competing in the North American IndyCar Series. In IndyCar competition, Castroneves has 22 wins and 33 poles, and has never placed lower than sixth in the standings in a complete season of racing until 2011, where he placed eleventh. Prior to IndyCar, Castroneves competed in the CART championship with a highest championship points finish of fourth. He also was the Dancing With The Stars Mirrorball Trophy winner. Here are a few images from both. Renee and Juan Pablo bond during the hometown dates on The Bachelor Credit: Matt Dunn/ABC
Just showing my fans what I have been up to lately!
New “Dangerous” Fashion and Beauty Story by Matt Dunn Photography!!! We came up with the idea for a woman “James Bond” type story. The beautiful model is Carolinne from Next Models Miami. I was the stylist and weapon wrangler(all of the weapons are from my arsenal. They include my crossbow, Marlin 60SS, Sig Sauer P220, and Windham Weaponry AR-15 with an Aim-Shot HG-Pro reflex sight and 4X magnifier. The camera is a Nikon D300 with a Nikon 70-200 2.8 AF-S lens. The amazing makeup and hair was done by the incomparable Sherilyn Segal and many of the makeups were custom-formulated by her on the spot for this shoot.
A big thank you for all concerned in this shoot including Guess Clothing, American Eagle, American Apparel, and Kohls.
Here is a new fashion editorial I have half completed with the beautiful Brazilian bombshell Carolinne Rossi from Next Model Management in Miami Beach. As usual, Ron Gerard supplied me with a great casting for a different client where I found Carolinne. We hit it off immediately and had this project a week later. I think she pulled it off beautifully. I think I am going to call the editorial spread “SHOOTER”. The fabulous and spot-on hair and makeup was done by the amazing Sherilyn Segal. She always makes me look good. Also a very special thank you to artist Michael Perez for letting us use Gallery 212 in Miami as a deco backdrop for our story. He had a blast playing with all of my guns. His hospitality is beyond reproach! Should wrap up the shoot this coming Monday.
How Did I Forget These Images of American Apparel Silver Swimsuit! These are the icing on the cake of a beautiful shoot culmination with a very beautiful “golden hour” in Virginia Key off of Key Biscayne in Florida during late January. You be the judge if we nailed it! The fabulous makeup was done by the incomparable Sherilyn Segal and the golden tresses were tended by Vanessa Varela. Sexy, simple and beautiful!
A special thanks to the American Apparel on Lincoln road for their help in this photo shoot.
By popular demand I am uploading my old model comp. This goes to prove that I did actually model although it wasn’t my favorite part in the fashion business.
This was my composite in Chicago and I did lots of work for Imagnin, Montgomery Wards, Sears, and Marshall Field’s to name a few.
Funny to me how lack of photography sharpness was the norm back then. Don’t get me wrong, I know them images are ancient and have faded especially since printed on cheap paper but thought it would be funny for those of you who know me but didn’t know this about my past.LOL!!!
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